MAYTZO - Bringing HandPan Music Back a Gear

We first stumbled across Maytzo at the beginning of last year (2015), and were instantly taken with their sound.

And now perhaps, at a time where arguably it feels like a few too many of us, have at least partially traded our own “inner styles", in favour of trying to emulate the often fast-paced, technique-heavy playing methods of pan-artists like, Adrian Portia, and Kabecao (awesome as they are) - the beautifully-crafted-sweet-melodic-soundscapes of Maytzo, all of a sudden, seem even more appealing than ever.

Like a breath of fresh air, Maytzo, reel things back a little.  No need to break a mental-sweat while listening, trying to figure out: “what the hell did he/she just do there?” - but instead, simply enjoy the music - which is as rich, as it is sweet - conveying genuine emotion, in place of ding-bending, and harmonic-isolation.  



The music of Maytzo shares partial flavour with fellow Spanish boy-girl Handpan duo, Anuah.  And like Anuah, Maytzo appear to favour (or at least feature primarily) the instruments of Spanish Handpan maker, BEllArt. And a fair bit of flute.



Over at YouTube, Maytzo, describe themselves as being:

‘...a Duo specialized in Hang, Bells and Handpan music. Extremely harmonic and melodic. But we don't stop here. We use the rhythms to create acoustic dub and reggae music. All with the lovely sound of Hang. Our instruments are: Hang/Bells/Handpan, Cross flute, bansuri, melodica, bass, guitar, xaphoon, xylophone, pianokeyboard, percussion, etc.’...



To hear more Maytzo music, you can find them at YouTube: HERE, or over at BandCamp: HERE

Bandgladesh - A Four Musician Musical Dialogue

If you were to give four (musically gifted) inmates of some old Gotham-style antiquated loony-bin, two Handpan, a tambourine, and a microphone, and turn them loose in the sensory room to perform an impromptu concert - Bandgladesh - or at least, Bandgladesh, as seen in the first video below, is what we imagine, it might look a little bit like...

Meet, Bandgladesh, a musical dialogue between four musicians who blend the sounds of the handpan, trumpet, African N'goni, Brazilian cuica, and electronics.  


They sit clad in white, looking almost sinisterly-serene.  And the music itself kind of reflects that mood also… 



However, where Bandgladesh find themselves, is not inside a sanatorium (as we first believed). But inside the "Bubble" - A sixty square-meter inflatable white cloth structure, from within which Bandgladesh present an audiovisual show intended to lull all present into a "Hypnogogic state" - and upon, a "sensoral-journey".  The public is invited to come in, sit or lie down comfortably, and experience the sound and visual relationship that unfolds...

From time-to-time Bandgladesh do come out of their big white bubble though, as can be seen below, with the quartet giving a captivating performance live on the streets of Bilbao, an industrial port city in northern Spain...



And then it's back into their bubble with them - though now minus the white hospital-smocks - for this spectacular near-seventeen minutes long meditative musical-climax...



To find more from Bandgladesh, you can visit their website: HERE, or alternatively, find them over at Facebook: HERE

FrogLube - Environmentally-Friendly Rust Prevention for HandPan

While, as we’ve said before, at HPM we’re Ballistol users when it comes to protecting our Handpan (primarily because it’s generally easier, and cheaper to get your hands on in the UK), FrogLube, a biodegradable lubricant made from "USDA certified food-grade ingredients" has, almost inarguably, at time of posting, become the global Handpan community's rust-prevention treatment of choice.

It’s environmentally-friendly, it’s non-toxic, and perhaps most importantly for our purposes, the results of the only independently carried-out test to have been conducted (to date that we know of) of rust-prevention treatments upon shards of Handpan shell - showed that using this milky-green goo, is about as good as it gets, when it comes to preventing Handpan corrosion.

Believed to be made entirely from plant-matter - FrogLube, ranked highly among the top contenders, in a study conducted by forum user, Mudman, over at Handpan.org. And to give further weight to its popularity within the Handpan community, FrogLube is also (at time of posting) stocked, and sold by at least the following Handpan makers: Saraz, Pantheon Steel, and PanStream - and comes recommended by numerous others.

FrogLube is also stocked by Handpan hard-case makers, HardcaseTechnologies, who sell it alongside their cases (demonstration video below), and of course, FrogLube, can also be purchased at Amazon too (should that be more convenient).



Below you'll find another Handpan care and maintenance video by Handpan musician, Jeremy Arndt, demonstrating, among other things, how to apply FrogLube to your Handpan...



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